New InState Magazine Dedicated to Diversity and Culture
A group of Penn State students launched InState Magazine last month, a digital publication dedicated to the university’s culture, the arts, the local community, and more. The media organization was officially recognized by the university earlier this year as a student org.
The digital magazine hopes to focus on diversity within the community and how it relates to the specific topics. The topics for each issue will change on a monthly basis and will typically concentrate on a special event going on around campus at that time.
Jackie Saumell, the backbone of the operation and President, created the magazine after leaving The Daily Collegian following a semester as a diversity reporter. It was then that she realized Penn State was lacking a media outlet focused solely on culture and diversity, or at least something more than 12 to 20 inches of space at a time.
“I came up with the idea to start a digital publication that would shed more light on another aspect of Penn State as well as incorporate journalism’s future with an online base and an upcoming mobile app,” said Saumell.
Only a month after its launch, the InState team, comprised of 50 students and still growing, has made significant progress (and hopefully a domain name, soon!). The website currently has five sections: Life and Style, News/Weeklies, Music and Technology, Nutrition and Culture and hopes to become a significant source of information for Penn Staters. The sections will cover everything ranging from upcoming bands and designers on and off campus to personal health and effective budgeting.
“There are so many wonderful opportunities and events going on on campus that no one person can keep up with it all,” said Saumell. “It is always important to stay informed about the world around you as well as well as make the right decisions for your future.”